San Fernando Valley : Worker Plunges to Death

A Sun Valley construction worker plunged to his death Monday morning when his tractor toppled over a local rock quarry cliff into a pool of water more than 150 feet below.

The man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, was pushing heavy equipment up a steep, narrow road when the embankment underneath one of his tractor wheels crumbled, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

His tractor tumbled over an adjoining cliff into an 18-foot-deep pool of water at the bottom of the quarry, officials said.

By the time a rescue crew reached the man, who was still underwater, he was dead, officials said.

Lt. Mickey Gallagher, a Fire Department lifeguard whose crew was involved in the rescue attempt, said the man probably died before he hit the water.

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